Why Agile Transformations sometimes fail

Based on my experience working in agile environments since 2010, I did some research and had general observations on the topic. Regardless of the business domains or product area, there are some common rules that may devastate your efforts toward agility. .

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5 Dos And Don’ts During The Sprint Planning

I got the idea of writing this blog while hosting a webinar on the same topics when multiple people told us to document our discussion. Originally I posted this blog on Agilemania , and you can check our upcoming webinars there.


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[Mythbusting] How To Calculate The Buffer For The Unplanned Work In The Sprint?

What's good awesome people? I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far. The question that I received a lot lately in related to my three previous vlogs is: "how do we calculate the buffer for the unplanned work that may emerge in the middle of the Sprint?".

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Five reasons why Scrum is not helping in getting twice the work done in half the time

I originally published this blog on Medium and reposting it here again. You can read the original post here. When I saw the book “Art of doing twice the work in the half time,” Dr. Jeff Sutherland wrote, my reaction was like how someone can claim that?


Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

Fight for Transparency

A significantly increasing number of companies strive for agility. They intend to progress with agile transformation. Based on my research from several dozen organizations, what might prevent them from benefiting from the Scrum (or just an agile mindset) is lack of transparency.


[VLOG] What Happens To The Sprint Backlog Items That Are Not Done?

What is good awesome people? I hope you are having an awesome weekend so far. After my two previous vlogs , many people asked me: What Happens To The Sprint Backlog Items That Are Not Done? In this vlog, I illustrate what should the Scrum team do when there are Sprint Backlog items that are not done.


How to use Powerful Questions virtually?

How do you break down a large item on your Product Backlog? How can you get a more valuable Sprint Goal? And how can you help people see what is right in front of them? Often, all you need is to ask the right question at the right time.

20 Questions from New Scrum Master to Product Owner

TL; DR: 20 Questions to Ask the Product Owner to Get up to Speed as a New Scrum Master. From Scrum Master to Product Owner, this set of questions addresses the future collaboration between the two individuals and the rest of the Scrum Team.


Value is in the eye of the beholder

The 2017 version of the Scrum Guide states, "The Product Owner is responsible for maximizing the value of the product resulting from work of the Development Team." But what does value mean anyway? The easy answer is to equate it with a monetary value, however, it is much more subjective than this.

5 Things a Data Scientist Can Do to Stay Current

DataRobot together with Snowflake – a leading cloud data platform provider — is helping data scientists stay current with the latest technology and data science best practices so that they can excel in an increasingly AI-driven workplace. Five Things a Data Scientist Can Do to Stay Current offers data scientists guidance for thriving in AI-driven enterprises.

How To Predict The End Date Of Your Agile Transformation

Somewhere between the 15th and 45th minute of the first pre-sales call, the prospect usually asks me - "Based on what you have heard about our company, by when do you think we will be 100% Agile Transformed and what will it cost? BTW, in full transparency, we are considering other companies."

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The Power of Transparency

Transparency is critical for agility, but often the power of transparency is challenged by long-hold cultural norms. This article shares examples of the power of transparency and how it can be used to create breakthroughs in performance. Situation.


[VLOG] Can The Scrum Master Also Be Part Of The Scrum Developers?

What's good awesome people? I hope you are well and safe where ever you may be when watching today's vlog. In today's vlog I would like to share with you the answer to one of the most common questions I kept on getting, that is: "can the Scrum Master also be part of the Scrum Developers?".


Having a Conscious Product

As the product owner, you are well aware that part of the success of your product depends on your decision. Every day, you must be facing: How to trade-off with short-term and long-term benefits? How to look for the right decision? Who is the stakeholder of your product? What do they need?

Testing at Every Stage of Development

Up to 80% of new products fail. The reality is harsh and the reasons why are endless. Perhaps the new product couldn’t oust a customer favorite. Maybe it looked great but was too hard to use. Or, despite being a superior product, the go-to-market strategy failed. There’s always a risk when building a new product, but you can hedge your bets by understanding exactly what your customers' expectations truly are at every step of the development process.

Scrum Master Interview Questions (3): Daily Scrum and Sprint Retrospective

Last week, someone on Reddit asked whether there would be any other profession that requires attending a 2-day training class and would then pay as well as a Scrum Master job.


Síntomas de un Daily Scrum en emergencia

Scrum se basa en la autoorganización. Es importante enfocarse en mejorar las capacidades, experiencia y habilidades del equipo de desarrollo para desarrollar su creatividad, propuesta de soluciones y mejorar su toma de decisiones.


Product Owner as a Servant-Leader

When asked, “Who is the Servant-Leader in Scrum?”, the most common answer is: the Scrum Master. This answer does indeed follow what the Scrum Guide says (Nov 2017 edition): “The Scrum Master is a servant-leader for the Scrum Team”. Is it only the Scrum Master who is or can be a servant-leader?


Agile Management Anti-Patterns — An Introduction for Aspiring Servant Leaders

TL; DR: Agile Management Anti-Patterns.

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How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

20 Questions New Scrum Masters Should Ask Their Teams to Get up to Speed

TL; DR: 20 Questions a New Scrum Master Should Ask. Twenty questions for you — the new Scrum Master — that fit into a 60 minutes time-box.


Managing Risk with Scrum

Product development in a complex environment always poses some risk due to its unpredictable, uncertain nature. There are numerous types of uncertainties like business, market, technology, architecture, integration, currency, financial, marketing and hundreds more. .


Scrum Master Interview Questions (2): From Product Backlog to Sprint Planning

TL; DR: Demand Creates Supply and the Job Market for Scrum Masters Is no Exception. Scrum has proven time and again to be the most popular framework for software development. Given that software is eating the world , a seasoned Scrum Master is nowadays in high demand.


[VLOG] Intro to Scrum For Execs

On the 25th birthday of Scrum, I have a free gift for all Scrum practitioners. Do you know any Executive who is willing to spend 15 minutes to save 15% or more on the cost of their company's Scrum adoption.? ;) .


Building Like Amazon

Speaker: Leo Zhadanovsky, Principal Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Amazon's journey to its current modern architecture and processes provides insights for all software development leaders. To get there, Amazon focused on decomposing for agility, making critical cultural and operational changes, and creating tools for software delivery. The result was enabling developers to rapidly release and iterate software while maintaining industry-leading standards on security, reliability, and performance. Whether you're developing for a small startup or a large corporation, learning the tools for CI/CD will make your good DevOps team great. We are excited to be joined by Leo Zhadanovsky, a Principal Solutions Architect at Amazon Web Services.

Why Do Large Companies Struggle So Much With "Agile Transformation".?

Do you know anyone who has scars from trying to help large, multi-billion dollar organizations travel on the path to Agility? Do you know if those scars still hurt? And do you know why helping large travel on the path to Agility (what I used to call "Agile Transformation") can be so scarring.?

Cargo Cult Agile — A Checklist to Open the Discussion

TL; DR: The Cargo Cult Agile Checklist for Download. You want to know the state of agility in your organization? Here we go: Download the checklist, distribute it generously among your colleagues, and run a quick poll. It will only take 5 minutes of their time–and then analyze their feedback.

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[VLOG] How Scrum Changed My Life

What's up awesome people. Scrum will have its 25 year anniversary. Have Scrum impacted your personal or professional life? Let's share our story on social media with hashtag #scrum25th Here is my story. Looking forward to hearing yours.


Scaling Scrum with Nexus and Kanban

Everybody wants to Scale Scrum. So you have a couple of Scrum Teams that are working in adjacent areas and you're starting to face some challenges in delivering value in a coordinated integrative way.


eLearning demand is at an all-time high. Pick the right LMS!

The need for online learning is greater than ever having the right LMS is absolutely crucial. Quickly, easily, and cost-effectively decide which Learning Management System is right for you with this 12-step guide from LMS implementation experts.

18 Signs of a Systemic Toxic Team Culture

TL; DR: 18 Signs of a Systemic Toxic Team Culture. What looked like a good idea back in the 1990ies—outsourcing software development as a non-essential business area—has meanwhile massively backfired for a lot of legacy organizations.

How Can Management Boost Profit With Scrum.?

Many members of Management perceive Scrum as a way to get more velocity, widgets, thingamajigs, outputs, etc. with less money, less people and less time. This could cause more harm than good because it might end up mis-applying Scrum as a tool to enforce industrial Tayloristic thinking. .


Product Roadmap First Principles — Empower Scrum Teams, Align w/ Stakeholders

It’s Product Roadmap Building Time Again! The end of 2020 is nearing, and it’s product roadmap building time again—at least for those companies that are still dedicated to the old command-and-control model.


Siete consejos sobre cómo conseguir tu primer trabajo de Scrum Master

Ser un Scrum Master puede ser una carrera divertida, emocionante y muy gratificante. Pero, ¿cómo consigues un primer trabajo de Scrum Master si aún no tienes experiencia? . Poder mirar hacia atrás en un proyecto exitoso y pensar, “Mira lo que ayudé al equipo a crear” es muy satisfactorio.


Why Distributed Tracing is Essential for Performance and Reliability

Speaker: Daniel "spoons" Spoonhower, CTO and Co-Founder at Lightstep

Many engineering organizations have now adopted microservices or other loosely coupled architectures, often alongside DevOps practices. Together these have enabled individual service teams to become more independent and, as a result, have boosted developer velocity. However, this increased velocity often comes at the cost of overall application performance or reliability. Worse, teams often don’t understand what’s affecting performance or reliability – or even who to ask to learn more. Distributed tracing was developed at organizations like Google and Twitter to address these problems and has also come a long way in the decade since then. By the end of this presentation, you’ll understand why distributed tracing is necessary and how it can bring performance and reliability back under control.